Apartment building fire in Bronx, N.Y., is deadliest in decades

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says investigators believe a Bronx fire that killed 12 was caused by a child playing with a stove.

De Blasio said Friday on WNYC that four people are still fighting for their lives following the fire Thursday night in the Bronx.

The New York Police Department says those who died include girls ages 1, 2 and 7, and a boy. His age was not given.

Some residents made it down fire escapes. But the flames moved so fast that many never made it out of their apartments.

Witnesses describe seeing burned bodies being carried away on stretchers and young girls who had escaped standing barefoot outside with no coats. (AP)

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<p>Police and workers inspect the building Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, where the deadliest residential fire in decades broke out Thursday in the Bronx, New York. (Photo: Andres Kudacki/AP) </p>
Apartment building fire in Bronx, N.Y., is deadliest in decades

Police and workers inspect the building Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, where the deadliest residential fire in decades broke out Thursday in the Bronx, New York. (Photo: Andres Kudacki/AP)

<p>A tear runs down the face of Kenyon George, whose girlfriend Shawntay Young, died during an apartment building fire a day earlier in the Bronx borough of New York, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. (Photo: Julio Cortez/AP) </p>
Apartment building fire in Bronx, N.Y., is deadliest in decades

A tear runs down the face of Kenyon George, whose girlfriend Shawntay Young, died during an apartment building fire a day earlier in the Bronx borough of New York, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. (Photo: Julio Cortez/AP)

<p>Sasha Answer, resident of an apartment building where there was a Thursday fire, talks to a friend as he displays a picture published in social media of Shawtay Young, who was one of the victims who died in the fire, in the Bronx, New York, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. (Photo: Andres Kudacki/AP) </p>
Apartment building fire in Bronx, N.Y., is deadliest in decades

Sasha Answer, resident of an apartment building where there was a Thursday fire, talks to a friend as he displays a picture published in social media of Shawtay Young, who was one of the victims who died in the fire, in the Bronx, New York, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. (Photo: Andres Kudacki/AP)

<p>A firefighter ladder lay, bottom left, on the wall as furniture is seen through the broken windows of a building Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, where New York City’s deadliest residential fire in decades occured Thursday in the Bronx. (Photo: Andres Kudacki/AP) </p>
Apartment building fire in Bronx, N.Y., is deadliest in decades

A firefighter ladder lay, bottom left, on the wall as furniture is seen through the broken windows of a building Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, where New York City’s deadliest residential fire in decades occured Thursday in the Bronx. (Photo: Andres Kudacki/AP)

<p>Sasha Answer, left, resident of a building where there was a fire Thursday, talks to a friend and another other resident as he displays pictures of some of the victims who died in the fire Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in the Bronx, New York. (Photo: Andres Kudacki/AP) </p>
Apartment building fire in Bronx, N.Y., is deadliest in decades

Sasha Answer, left, resident of a building where there was a fire Thursday, talks to a friend and another other resident as he displays pictures of some of the victims who died in the fire Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in the Bronx, New York. (Photo: Andres Kudacki/AP)

<p>A NYPD officer walks on the scene of an apartment fire in the Bronx borough of New York City on Dec. 29, 2017. (Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Apartment building fire in Bronx, N.Y., is deadliest in decades

A NYPD officer walks on the scene of an apartment fire in the Bronx borough of New York City on Dec. 29, 2017. (Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Nilda Guerrero, a friend of the superintendent of an apartment apartment building where a dozen people died in a fire a day earlier in the Bronx, New York, cries after trying to visit the building Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. (Photo: Julio Cortez/AP) </p>
Apartment building fire in Bronx, N.Y., is deadliest in decades

Nilda Guerrero, a friend of the superintendent of an apartment apartment building where a dozen people died in a fire a day earlier in the Bronx, New York, cries after trying to visit the building Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. (Photo: Julio Cortez/AP)

<p>Fire Department of New York City members operate on scene of a blaze at an apartment building in Bronx borough of New York City on Dec. 28, 2017. (Photo: Vural Elibol/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Apartment building fire in Bronx, N.Y., is deadliest in decades

Fire Department of New York City members operate on scene of a blaze at an apartment building in Bronx borough of New York City on Dec. 28, 2017. (Photo: Vural Elibol/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>A Fire Department of New York member exits the scene of an apartment fire on Dec. 29, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Apartment building fire in Bronx, N.Y., is deadliest in decades

A Fire Department of New York member exits the scene of an apartment fire on Dec. 29, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Betty Rodriguez and her husband Joel Rodriguez, residents of the building where a dozen people died in a fire on Thursday, react as they talk to the media on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in the Bronx, New York. (Photo: Andres Kudacki/AP) </p>
Apartment building fire in Bronx, N.Y., is deadliest in decades

Betty Rodriguez and her husband Joel Rodriguez, residents of the building where a dozen people died in a fire on Thursday, react as they talk to the media on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in the Bronx, New York. (Photo: Andres Kudacki/AP)

<p>Firefighters leave after putting out a major house fire on Prospect avenue on December 28, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo: Amir Levy/Getty Images) </p>
Apartment building fire in Bronx, N.Y., is deadliest in decades

Firefighters leave after putting out a major house fire on Prospect avenue on December 28, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo: Amir Levy/Getty Images)

<p>The outside of an apartment where a fire took place is seen in the Bronx borough of New York City on Dec. 29, 2017. (Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Apartment building fire in Bronx, N.Y., is deadliest in decades

The outside of an apartment where a fire took place is seen in the Bronx borough of New York City on Dec. 29, 2017. (Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, Dec. 29, 2017. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters) </p>
Apartment building fire in Bronx, N.Y., is deadliest in decades

Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, Dec. 29, 2017. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

<p>Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, Dec. 28, 2017. (Photo: Amr Alfiky/Reuters) </p>
Apartment building fire in Bronx, N.Y., is deadliest in decades

Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, Dec. 28, 2017. (Photo: Amr Alfiky/Reuters)

<p>A view over the building were a major house fire on Prospect avenue on Dec. 28, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo: Amir Levy/Getty Images) </p>
Apartment building fire in Bronx, N.Y., is deadliest in decades

A view over the building were a major house fire on Prospect avenue on Dec. 28, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo: Amir Levy/Getty Images)

<p>New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference after fire crews responded to a building fire Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in the Bronx borough of New York. (Photo: Frank Franklin II/AP) </p>
Apartment building fire in Bronx, N.Y., is deadliest in decades

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference after fire crews responded to a building fire Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in the Bronx borough of New York. (Photo: Frank Franklin II/AP)

<p>New York Police Department (NYPD) officers and Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, Dec. 29, 2017. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters) </p>
Apartment building fire in Bronx, N.Y., is deadliest in decades

New York Police Department (NYPD) officers and Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, Dec. 29, 2017. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

<p>Evacuees wear blankets as they stand after a fire at an apartment building in Bronx, New York, Dec. 28, 2017. (Photo: Amr Alfiky/Reuters) </p>
Apartment building fire in Bronx, N.Y., is deadliest in decades

Evacuees wear blankets as they stand after a fire at an apartment building in Bronx, New York, Dec. 28, 2017. (Photo: Amr Alfiky/Reuters)

<p>Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, Dec. 28, 2017. (Photo: Amr Alfiky/Reuters) </p>
Apartment building fire in Bronx, N.Y., is deadliest in decades

Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, Dec. 28, 2017. (Photo: Amr Alfiky/Reuters)

<p>Firefighters respond to a building fire Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in the Bronx borough of New York. The Fire Department of New York says a blaze raging in the Bronx apartment building has seriously injured more than a dozen of people. (Photo: Frank Franklin II/AP) </p>
Apartment building fire in Bronx, N.Y., is deadliest in decades

Firefighters respond to a building fire Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in the Bronx borough of New York. The Fire Department of New York says a blaze raging in the Bronx apartment building has seriously injured more than a dozen of people. (Photo: Frank Franklin II/AP)

<p>Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, Dec. 28, 2017. (Photo: Amr Alfiky/Reuters) </p>
Apartment building fire in Bronx, N.Y., is deadliest in decades

Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, Dec. 28, 2017. (Photo: Amr Alfiky/Reuters)

<p>Firefighters respond to a deadly fire Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in the Bronx borough of New York. (Photo: Frank Franklin II/AP) </p>
Apartment building fire in Bronx, N.Y., is deadliest in decades

Firefighters respond to a deadly fire Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in the Bronx borough of New York. (Photo: Frank Franklin II/AP)

<p>Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, Dec. 28, 2017. (Photo: Amr Alfiky/Reuters) </p>
Apartment building fire in Bronx, N.Y., is deadliest in decades

Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, Dec. 28, 2017. (Photo: Amr Alfiky/Reuters)

<p>People react near the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, Dec. 29, 2017. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters) </p>
Apartment building fire in Bronx, N.Y., is deadliest in decades

People react near the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, Dec. 29, 2017. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

<p>New York Fire Department ladder trucks deploy at a building fire in the Bronx borough of New York City, New York, Dec. 28, 2017. (Photo: FDNY/Handout via Reuters) </p>
Apartment building fire in Bronx, N.Y., is deadliest in decades

New York Fire Department ladder trucks deploy at a building fire in the Bronx borough of New York City, New York, Dec. 28, 2017. (Photo: FDNY/Handout via Reuters)

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